Interiors: Where We Play

‘Sup y’all! Sunshine popping up in the situation to share some interior updates. As much as I love the magazine-ready look, real life is more, well, real. That’s where the beauty is, to me.

Welcome to Plaid Palace!

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I recently upgraded my dresser. Would you believe me if I told you this gorgeous French country dresser was free?! Well, I actually paid $30 for the paint, but that’s it, for real. It actually belonged to our landlord and had been sitting in the jam room for about ten years. Matt used it for an instrument/music stand. The drawers were filled with broken guitar pedals and picks. I inquired about purchasing the dresser and he said I could just have it. Sweet. (Thanks, Rick!). See the whole process over on Catfight Craft.

It started like this. Eesh.

It’s huge, but it actually fits everything and rearranging all the art in that corner has been such a breath of fresh air. For real. You know a coat of paint on a wall can really change the look of a room, but when you can’t paint, taking advantage of art is SO important. And Pokie likes it.

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Our space is unique in that we do a lot of living in the bedroom. It’s larger than most but definitely does double or even trip duty when Matt engineers albums here, our friends lounge here, I’m always making something, but we also dress here, store clothes and media. It’s an everything room.

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Outside there’s the coat closet, opposite the library and then around the corner you find yourself in the jam space which is doing triple duty, too. There’s a full drum kit, guitar, keyboards, dulcimers, more drums, yes, true. But there’s also my desk, the washer & dryer and our bathroom. Again, there’s a lot going on. Somehow it just works.

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Sometimes I think our ultimate home would be some sort of warehouse where we could shift things almost continually depending on the scale of projects we’re working on. But then I remember how much I love porches. Mmph. This space probably wouldn’t work for everyone and definitely won’t work forever, but it’s just right for right now.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all.

xo,

Sunshine

What Are You Hungry For?

Hi there, hey. How ya feelin’? Chillin?

I’ve been hiding under a rock the past few days either busy or crabby or both. That’s alright, though. But in the meantime I could really use your suggestions for new recipes. What do you wanna eat? Over the past few months we’ve had yummy soups, salad, fish, some crazy desserts and some even crazier dessert beverages. What to chew next?

Leave your suggestions in the comments below, yo,

Brianna

MLK Thought Bubble

My Aunt Gloria has a great sense of history and she loves the news, so talking with her is always interesting. She marched in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Orlando a couple days ago. After a long week on her feet tutoring America’s youths, she wasn’t necessarily excited to walk a few miles on a chilly Saturday morning. But the parade needed volunteers, so she was determined to go.

Aunt Gloria said when she got there she realized all those people who had to make that original trek to Montgomery walked 55 miles just to be able to vote. They were greeted with hoses and dogs and they were beaten. “They never complained.” 

So walk a few miles, she did.

Even though we’ve come quite a long way in terms of slavery and racism in this country, we’ve got a long way to go still. Aunt Gloria seemed a little disappointed that she was complaining (to herself) about it, but I think the lesson is this:

We weren’t there, for all we know some of those folks did complain about having to walk 55 miles for a chance to vote, but they did it anyway. And so did my Aunt Gloria. Perseverance perseveres.

Happy MLK Day!

xo,

Sunshine

Winterful Washington

Why, hello, darling. How goes it? I’m running out the door to my first day of Winter Quarter at the UW. I capitalize the W and Q because that’s how expensive it is. Capital.

Before the skid-addling commences, though, I had to stop in and say thanks for the sweet comments on the Wray Family Christmas. Such a good time! And that was just Christmas festivities. I took so many photos. The light shining for our drive there was so beautiful I got a little click-happy.

But look at this scenery, though.

 

And I got to hang out with this lovely mare at Uncle Ron’s. He has a whole wall of trophies for his riding and training skills. He said miss mare hurt her leg, then suffered from subsequent stress on her other legs. She was far away and I said chk-chk and she came right up, eyeball to eyeball. She has the softest nose.

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More pretty from the journey. I like long roads, silent stretches and giggly ones.

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Severe Side Wind

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See that?! A literal ray of sunshine. So sublime. Alas, heading home was a bit different. There was a big snowstorm at Snoqualmie Pass and while it was beautiful, it was scary.

But we made it through, as we tend to do.

Love and light, betch!

xo,

Sunshine

 

Wray Family Christmas

I finally got to edit some Christmas photos! Matt and I had THE most fun traveling to Eastern Washington to visit family. Here’s a brief recap:

Long Road (cropped)

We traveled just under an hour to get to Uncle Ron & Aunt Kris’ ranch. Picture it, Papa driving a giant pickup truck with Honeybee, me, Adam, Clarissa and Brandon in the cab. And all the presents tarped up in back. It was quite beautiful.

Brandon gets cozy under the tree as Adam plucks out tunes. Cora got this awesome (bewitching and dangerous) helicopter. Hours of entertainment!

Matt & Bri xmas

 You can definitely tell Lance got what he wanted this year. He must’ve been good! While Santa was off having dinner, the littlest elf hung out with Papa. Elf Declan’s first Christmas was a success!

Then we got to jam with Grandma Jo. She hadn’t picked up this fiddle in four years and promptly played it while singing and smiling as though no time had passed at all. Go Grandma, go!

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Next, we traveled to the farm – did I tell you Matt’s family grows Walla Walla sweet onions and other yummy veggies? Well, they do! Grandpa Verl here is Matt’s maternal grandfather and grower of said deliciousness for years and years. He is finally retiring.

With Grandpa Verl

Then we were whisked to Kathy and Dan’s lovely home for more presents and pictures. Declan was hanging around in his new portable bouncer from Nana Kathy. Aren’t they sweet? It’s so rare to see all four Wray boys in a row, but we got em.

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We had an absolute blast, as always and we already miss everyone. We’ll be back soon. I can’t believe we’re in January of 2015 already. Christmas already seems long gone. Wouldn’t it be nice if spring started on New Year’s Day?! I’d like to put in a request for that next year, please. Thanks for venturing out to Walla Walla with us. We hope your holidays were just perfect.

xo,

Brianna & Matt Wray

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015, recruits. I hope you’re ready to be rendered speechless by bright Wrays of Sunshine. I can’t wait! I have a few resolutions I’m looking into tackling this year. They might seem a bit unusual, but I’ll explain.

  1. No excuses — this is an overall goal. Though I squeeze in as much as I can into a day I know within myself there are also days when I’m a lazy ass. This is worth conquering.
  2. No illogical comparisons — it’s not often, but sometimes I see what other have accomplished and feel instantly horrible and, in truth, that’s not fair. My plan is to run my own race because no one can be a better me. I am the best me there is.
  3. Never sacrifice my health — Y’all know I’m a college student and I love it, but halfway through the quarter I tend to get all stressed out, forget that I can handle it and stop taking care of myself (as well as I do on breaks). It only takes a few minutes to work out, seconds to swallow some vitamins.
  4. More projects — I asked my husband what he thought I should work on in 2015 and he said, “More physical projects that can be held in hand and looked at with your eye. I want to see what’s inside your brain.” So far, so good on this goal. I’m already knee deep in a project you guys are gonna love!
  5. Grow our business — Along the same thought, but on a different note, living my dreams. As in growing our business into a self (and hopefully ME) supporting entity.
  6. Picky Picky — I have a horrible habit of scratching at my lips when I’m studying or nervous. It’s especially horrid considering if you asked my Honeybee what his favorite part is, he’d definitely say lips.
  7. 12 Classes — I already enjoy yoga on my lonesome, I have my favorite poses and get down. This year, however, I’m making it a point to go to other classes, taking advantage of what the University has to offer, but also elsewhere.

Leonetti Wine

We toasted 2015 in the comfort of our own home with Matt’s family’s wine. He bought this $100 bottle 15 years ago and it has aged to perfection. Mmph! We could see the fireworks over the Space Needle from our front porch. It’s funny, though, because when I was growing up in Tennessee I yearned to be going somewhere fun for New Year’s Eve surrounded by friends and a bit of mayhem. This year, though, even after combing the Stranger for parties, I just didn’t wanna. Could you imagine, getting all dressed up to go out in below freezing temperatures to stand in line to pay $ to get in the door to stand in line to pay $ to get a drink, only to stand in line to pee?! I don’t think so.

What are your resolutions this year?! Lay it on me, I want to know. We can inspire each other! We here at Wrays of Sunshine wish you all the best and brightest in 2015 and beyond.

Love and light, betch!

Brianna & Matt Wray